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And I was like BB, BB, BB, Ohh!

Oh I went there. Thank you Justin Bieber for that incredibly irresistible play on words. Recently, I’ve had a lot of people ask me about BB Cream, what it does and how it’s different from tinted moisturizers. Originally created overseas, BB Cream (Blemish Balm Cream) was used by dermatologists to help patients who had gone through laser skin surgery to soothe and regenerate the skin tissue. Soon after, a craze began when famous Korean actresses started wearing the cream as well for cosmetic purposes. A hot trend was born and BB Creams have spread like wildfire worldwide but the North American equivalent, in my opinion, stands for Beauty Balm Cream. The product isn’t created with dermatology patients in mind anymore, it’s for the beauty consumer.

Not quite a foundation but not quite a moisturizer, BB Cream is the perfect in between product for those wanting lightweight coverage that they don’t feel a tinted moisturizer provides them. Let’s break it down:

BB Cream
  • Has soothing, healing properties
  • Is suitable for most skin types (dry, oily, combination)
  • Very limited number of shades
  • Is pigmented, thick and creamy yet lightweight and breathable
  • Doesn’t oxidize or fade quickly
Tinted Moisturizer
  • Thin consistency compared to BB Cream
  • Has a wide range of shades to choose from
  • Lightweight formula but lacks pigmentation (minimal colour payoff)
  • Shorter wear times (Fade quickly)
  • Expensive (Sometimes more expensive than foundation)
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Now for the fun part! After a lengthy testing process, I can safely say that my BB Cream pick is Diorskin Nude BB Creme. This beauty balm strikes the perfect balance between lightweight texture and coverage. To each their own, but I don’t love wearing foundation so this product is perfect for me if I’m wanting something quick and easy that provides a natural glow. The light, melting texture of Diorskin Nude BB Creme contains mineralized water enriched with natural-origin skincare ingredients and an antioxidant complex containing three kinds of tea, to deeply re-boost and regenerate the skin. What’s more, thanks to Dior’s “Rosy Glow” pigment complex, which combines glazed, predominantly rosy pigments with entirely transparent soft-focus pigments, flaws are easily concealed and complexion flawless without any signs of thick, cakey makeup.

You can wear Diorskin Nude BB Creme alone to add a healthy glow to your skin, or you can amp up your au naturale look with Dior’s “Rosy Complexion Ritual.” I’ve pictured each step of said ritual (to the left) in an effort to show you how each product adds to and compliments ones complexion.

Picture #1: No makeup

Picture #2: With my favourite makeup sponge (shout out to beauty blenders!) I applied Diorskin Nude BB Creme to my skin. Much like a foundation, I used it on all areas I wanted to conceal and thus enhance. The result, a healthy radiant glow. You can see (Pic #1 vs. Pic #2) that my skin now looks brighter, less pink and more evenly toned.

Picture #3: For additional coverage, apply Diorskin Nude Glow Versatile Powder Makeup with a large powder brush, buffing it onto the skin. In Pic #3, you can see that my skin tone looks even more balanced, without betraying its natural look.

Picture #4: Now that you’ve created the perfect base colour, add Dior’s Rosy Glow blush to your cheeks in order to create the perfect flush of blush.

Et voila! The perfect ritual to achieve a radiant glow. Even better, it was a cinch! It was quick, easy and even a makeup rookie would have no trouble executing this process.

The entire look had high performance, long-lasting coverage. In fact, it lasted the entire day with no touch-ups. I was going out to dinner that night so to take it from day to evening I smudged black eye liner into the lash line, applied mascara to my lashes and gloss to my lips (pictured left). Eye liner and mascara are a girls best friend. If I was stranded on a desert island and could only have one product, it’d be one of the two. Ok maybe I’d want sunscreen…

Want to try Diorskin Nude BB Creme? It’s currently available exclusively at Sephora and as of April it’ll be available at Dior counters worldwide. Mayhaps you’ll be inspired to purchase the entire ritual?

What do you think? Will you give BB Cream a try?

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